About Us

- The first bilingual school in Florence -

It was 1996 when Canadian Island was born in Florence.

Drawing on their own cultural backgrounds and different academic paths, Maria Rocco and Lucia Mingarelli combined their experiences creating Canadian Island. Since 1996, they have seen school grow steadily and in particular the summer camps to the point that today Canadian Island is the leader in Tuscany in teaching English to children and young people . Maria and Lucia leave nothing to chance: attentive and highly specialized, they are present in the most varied situations because they personally supervise all activities . You can find them while they teach in the classroom, or at Summer Centers to give advice to kids, you can see them at the nest take care of the little ones, or sing and play with the kids more large during school trips .
  • Kindergarten 33%
  • Summer Camps 33%
  • English Courses 33%

Welcome to Canadian Island

We forge talents

Scientists say that it is in the first years of a child’s life that individual self-esteem, skills and attitudes develop.

To prove it is also the educational program of our kindergarten “Education in harmony with life”, designed to meet the personal needs of each child, guaranteeing personal growth.

- Play, learn, grow ... together! -


We encourage development through modern pedagogical methods which foster curiosity, creativity, and independence. Our industry-leading inquiry based learning curriculum is provided by our impassioned staff in a variety of welcoming(or diverse) environments. 

Canadian Island is a vibrant, safe, and loving community where individuals come to be inspired and learn through art, music, and theater. Our teachers facilitate choices and become partners in learning experiences while they support our students and motivate them to grow into well-rounded individuals.


Resilient, creative, and independent students learn best from teachers they love. 

Inspiring students begins with offering them a home to express their deep sense of wonder. 

Equality, respect, and understanding lead to successful learning for students of any age. 

Unparalleled educational experiences begin in a warm and nurturing environment. 

People from different walks of life need a community to share skill sets and a language-rich setting to build deep and lasting relationships. 

- What a staff! -

Maria & Lucia

Lucia Mingarelli
Lucia Mingarelli
Maria Rocco
Maria Rocco